KOREC, Trimble’s UK distributor, announced that Geocurve Ltd, specialist surveyors and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators, have taken delivery of the first Trimble UX5 HP aerial mapping system in England.
The Trimble UX5 HP will complement Essex-based Geocurve’s existing portfolio of almost a dozen fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs, operated by their team of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accredited pilots.
Geocurve has been involved in several high profile projects in the environmental, quarrying and construction sectors. With its expanding customer base and increased work load, Geocurve has selected the Trimble UX5 HP for its advanced specification and robust weather-resistance.
Designed to capture the highest image accuracy for survey applications, the UX5 HP integrates a high-performance Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver and a new Sony a7R 36MP high-resolution camera. The camera, in combination with the GNSS receiver, delivers exceptional levels of image accuracy – orthomosaic resolution down to 1 cm and 3D models with up to 1,000 pts/m2. Post-processed kinematic (PPK) GNSS technology is used to establish image locations in absolute coordinate systems, eliminating the need, in many cases, for separate ground controls and greatly increasing flexibility of operation.
The UX5 HP will also enable Geocurve to continue working in wind speeds of up to 55 km/h and in light rain, making it ideal for use in conditions where many other fixed wing UAVs might struggle to operate.
Use of the UX5 HP will be overseen by Geocurve’s Director of Engineering & Survey Services, Gary Nel, and Director of Unmanned Services, Perran Bonner.
Gary Nel said “As our customer base expands, we need to be even better prepared to deliver high quality, timely, comprehensive data. Thanks to its ability to remain stable in winds of up to 55km/hr and its 15mm wide angle lens option for increased flight coverage, we estimate that the UX5 HP will double our productivity, particularly when used in conjunction with our CAA Extended Line of Sight Permissions. The integrated GNSS not only saves us time by eliminating the need for separate ground controls, but also eliminates the risks associated with laying these points in dangerous environments such as quarries. Geocurve was one of the first companies in England to operate a fixed wing UAV commercially, the first to be granted CAA Congested Area Permissions and now we are delighted to be the first to take delivery of a KOREC supplied Trimble UX5 HP.”